Wind Energy Toolbox
Wyoming is known as the “Energy State,” and for good reason. With an abundance of natural resources, Wyoming consistently ranks high in traditional, and now emerging, energy sources including wind. The “Energy State” was named by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) as first of 11 states in the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest regions for Developable Nameplate Wind Power Production by Class. That’s something.
With a tax climate extraordinarily favorable for business, higher education programs to develop a workforce skilled in wind energy technology and wind resources consistent with utility-scale production, Wyoming is poised to be a leader in the wind power industry.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), ranked Wyoming first in the Mountain West and Pacific Northwest regions in Developable Nameplate Wind Power Productions Potential by Class.
- Wyoming has more than 40 percent of class 5,6, and 7 inland wind resources in the United States with the potential of producing 116,670 MW. (Source NREL).
- According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Wyoming has 1,410 MW of existing wind power capacity.
- More than 10,000 MW of wind capacity is in various stage of development. (Wyo Infrastructure Authority).
- The average wind farm size in approximately 250-500 MW.
- Wyoming’s wind quality means more megawatts of electrical production per day per turbine with capacity factors typically exceeding 45 percent.